An exceptionally well-preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Paul Newman" dial and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 6241 inside case back stamped 6241
    Case No: 1'766'187
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster C&I bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 76
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Provenance: Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch, Christie's Geneva November 10, 201, lot 6.

  • Provenance

    Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch, Christie's Geneva November 10, 201, lot 6.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6241 was produced approximately from 1966 to 1969. Scholars estimate that no more than 3000 pieces were produced during the model’s manufacture period, and only a small part of them with “Paul Newman” dials. This particular piece has an impressive provenance - it was previously sold at the ground-breaking thematic sale "Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch" on November 10, 2013.

    Featuring a dial configuration identical to Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” watch, this reference 6241 is an exceptional example with an incredibly crisp case and extremely well-preserved dial. Featuring bold and crisp proportions, the watch has possibly never seen polishing throughout its over-50-year life span. Of particular note is the slanted “T Swiss T” designation at 6 o’clock, which is a particularity of references 6239 and 6241. Its "Paul Newman" successors on reference 6262 and 6264 would feature a flat "T Swiss T" at 6 o'clock. This particular ivory white dial displays hardly any signs of aging, and the luminous dots remain full and intact.

    Other details on this timepiece include the Mk 1 bezel, which is correct for reference 6241 and gives the watch a lot of presence on the wrist.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6241 inside case back stamped 6241
An exceptionally well-preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Paul Newman" dial and bracelet

1968
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 250,000 
€134,000-223,000
$151,000-252,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019